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JAHN, Helmut

Born: 1940 01 04
Died: 2021 05 08


An architect from Chicago brought in to South Africa by Anglo American Properties.

Helmut Jahn (born January 4, 1940) is a German-American architect, well-known for designs such as the US$800 million Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, the Messeturm in Frankfurt and the One Liberty Place, formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jahn was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1940. After attending the Technical University of Munich from 1960 to 1965 he worked with Peter C. von Seidlein for a year. In 1966 he emigrated to Chicago to further study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, leaving school without earning his degree.


Killed in bicycle accident.

The famed German architect Helmut Jahn died Saturday after being struck by two vehicles as he was riding his bicycle. He was 81.

Jahn was biking in Campton Hills, about 60 miles west of Chicago, when he was killed, police said. Police said he was hit by two vehicles going in opposite directions after he failed to stop at an intersection, but details about the incident remain unconfirmed.

One of the drivers left the scene unharmed, and another was treated for an unspecified non-life-threatening injury. Police did not name the two other people involved in the incident.

(NBC News, accessed 2021 05 11).

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11 Diagonal Street: 1983. Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
22 Girton Rd: n.d.. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
362 West Street: 1986. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect

Books citing JAHN

Emanuel, Muriel. 1980. Contemporary architects. London: Macmillan. pp 392-394